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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Gatwick airport, abortion legislation and a fake firearm made the headlines today.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.

IRELAND

18  NEW IRISH FERRIES SHIP_90561016 The new Irish Ferries vessel W.B.Yeats arrives into Dublin Port. Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

  • President Michael D Higgins has signed the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill into law, making abortion services legal in Ireland. 
  • The government has said there are no contingency plans for a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
  • Gardaí have arrested a man after he produced what appeared to be an imitation firearm and a suspect device at the Family Courts in Dublin this morning.
  • The number of homeless families increased by 20 to 1,728 last month, the latest figures show.
  • A doctor who stabbed her three-year old autistic son to death in their south Dublin home has been found not guilty of his murder.
  • And finally, the weather: Met Éireann has said that a combination of scattered showers and dry conditions will feature for the rest of the week.

INTERNATIONAL 

Seal pups on Farne Islands A ranger watches a seal pup on the Farne Islands. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

#WEINSTEIN: A US judge had ruled that the sexual assault case against producer Harvey Weinstein can go ahead.

#GATWICK: Flight in and out of London’s Gatwick airport have been suspended following reports of drones flying over the airfield.

#BREXIT: A senior Tory Minister has said that a second Brexit referendum could be a ‘plausible’ way forward

PARTING SHOT

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